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Oct 3, 2012 8:00am PDT
in for the president in romney's debate preps, the silver haired guy in the pink shirt is ohio senator rob portman. and, in fact, portman has really become the go-to guy for republican candidates who need a sparg partner. he's really good at this. but here's the thing, he's never really talked publicly about his role, the preparation and how his debate preps have gone. until now. because i have one of the best colleagues in the business, dana bash, she got the inside story. it is fascinating. one of the things i can't believe you're able to unearth is this anecdote about the 2008 campaign preps between mccain and obama. did rob portman -- is this true, did he get cyndi mccain to cry? >> he did. i don't think that was his intention, i know it wasn't, but he did. and the reason is because they were in debate prep, he was playing barack obama, and he was apparently so believable in his role as barack obama and more importantly so tough, hard hitting against his sparring partner, john mccain, that cindy mccain got very upset and ran crying out of the room. i talked to rob portman about that, he told me tha
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Oct 3, 2012 8:00pm PDT
'll be joined by rob portman helping to prepare governor romney for the debate will join us tonight. senator marco rubio will be here. one of the things initial thoughts is that you saw the president in a way you've never seen him before. never before hammered this way on a sustained basis. this went on throughout the night. mitt romney energized and was staring at him the whole time, meaning the president. the president would look down, and looking to bail him out in this debate. we've never seen this before in president obama. there is a lot of ground to cover tonight of we'll check in with our focus group. we're live with a lot of voters out there. frank, interested in their reaction tonight. >> and there is in denver that voted accurately and how many of you thought barack obama was a winner, how many of you thought mitt romney? understand this. 13 of the 24 people voted for obama in 2008. why did mitt romney do so well? >> i just respected his ability to speak to issues that he was on point. he looked like he was well prepared. i was very impressed. >> i agree. same thing. decisive. lea
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Oct 4, 2012 12:00am PDT
and the man who helped prep governor romney for tonight's debate, senator rob portman. >> second topic getting a deduction to take a plant overseas? i've been in business 25 years i have no idea what you're talk bchlgt i maybe need to get a new accountant. idea you get a break for shipping jobs over seas is not the case. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. information on my phone. connection to doctors who get where i'm from. and tools to estimate what my care may cost. so i never missed a beat. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. dad vo: ok, time for bed, kiddo. lights out. ♪ (sirens) (train horn) ♪ vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. >> sean: welcome back to this special debate edition of hannity. we're live in denver, colorado joining me now is frank luntz. he watched with a group of undec
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Oct 28, 2012 7:00am PDT
swing states. republican senator rob portman of ohio and senator mark udell of colorado join us. >> i've been at six of the rallies over the last week. i've also been at about a dozen victory centers around the state and the energy and enthusiasm is on our side. it's interesting to watch but we were down probable 5 to 10 points before the debates. after the debates, we're dead even. >> we don't know whether it's moderate mitt, me too mitt or conservative mitt that will serve as president. he's unfriendly to hispanics and latinos and women want to make their own healthcare decisions. the republicans say we know what's best for you. >> joining us now is the anchor of "fox news sunday," chris wallace. >> good morning. >> they have got colorado, ohio, two very important states. >> we also had two senators from virginia and wisconsin all within the margin of error. one may be up by a point or two but they're all within the margin of error and these states could easily decide the election. in the case of romney, if he wins florida and north carolina, which he has to win, if he wins virginia
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Oct 7, 2012 3:30pm EDT
. rob portman plays obama. >> john: you never see videotape of this? >> no. there is reason why, you don't want to show those vulnerable moments. we don't want to give any component in the prep. >> in a campaign, one of secretaries gave bush prep video? >> they went right to the f.b.i.. what happened. >> john: what is so secret. >> limited government. >> you say limited government. what kind are you talking about. can you be specific? >> yes, i can list cuts. >> would you cut defense? >> i would cut defense. >> so you are soft on defense? >> i know how i should answer the questions but under pressure it's hard. >> john: go back to the clinton days. my instinct is to answer the question that is asked but consultants to say don't. >> you are still answering my questions but most of the time you want to be delivering your message. >> they say sarah palin was good at that. >> governor palin answered the questions on her terms. >> that is not so. but because that is just a quick answer. i wanted to talk about, again, my lord on energy. >> she was able to pivot most of the questions on to grou
Oct 21, 2012 11:00am PDT
. for the president, david axelrod. and later, ohio republican senator rob portman. romney's debate sparring partner. joining us live from the debate site. >>> plus, our roundtable weighs in. from "the new york times," columnist tom friedman. and white house correspondent helene cooper. and former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers. >>> from nbc news in washington, it's "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll for where this race stands, chuck todd has the numbers. this is significant. >> this is among likely voters, david. 47%, 47%. not all tied races are equal. the president sitting at 47% if this were the sunday before election day there would be a lot of concerns in chicago. they want to be at 48% or 49%. sitting at 47% is good for a challenger, not a good number for an incumbent. let's go inside the numbers a little bit. the gender gap. you brought it up. among men, romney, a 10-point lead. let's go to women. this is interesting. president, an eight-point lead here, this is his smallest lead among women that we've had a
Oct 2, 2012 5:30am EDT
john kerry, who's romney will be in cooorado, r he'll be practicing with ohio senator rob portman who ii playing president obaaa. athena jooes, cnn, washington. the university of denver iss hosting the debate, tomorrow. it begins at 9 o'clock. coming up in our 6 o'clock hhur... a glitch with the i-phhne 5 gives users a nasty surpriis. the ddta usage issue that's giving customers cause ffr conc. concern.aad... the oriolle deeense lets them down.see if they could overcome a big error by one of their star players.. nexttin sportss ((break 3))aú krystal conwell : we see a lot of problems with the... number of students that we have. resources. materials. things that the children need... on a day-to-day basis. anncr: question seven will help. the department of legislative services says question seven... will mean hundreds of millions of dollars... for schools...from gaming revenues that would have... gone to other states. and independent audits will guarantee the money... goes where it's supposed to. krystal conwell: i think people should vote for question... seven because i think it will
Oct 16, 2012 5:00am EDT
ssnator rob portman is oncc again playing the &pppeeident...whill advisee peter flaaerty has the roleeof portman indicated suuday, the campaiin is getting ready to rumble."i think president obama is going to come outtswinging. i think he's going to have to compensate for a poor first debate and iithink hat will be ccnsistent with what thhy've been doing this whole campaign."over at obamm debate time adviser anita dunn s g - playyng crowwey... while kerry ii once again staading pnnfor romney.the preeident' ttam vows he will ap up hhs performancc."i think he's going to be aggressive ii of wherr we should go as a ccuntty."that could be a risky move and perhaas alienate some in the aadience ii this debate's town hall style format... perhaps explaining why annobama aideenowwsays the president will be "firm but &pthey're prepared for all &pvarrables."the president can change his tactics. he can't change his reeord.""i think mitttromney's perrormance was indded, magiccl and the latest cnn poll of polls 3 showing the race is neck and in the three key swing states of florida... he
Oct 16, 2012 12:00pm EDT
is working with the debate partner ohio senator rob portman on style. >> in their practice sessions, romney spent less time practicing what he is going to say and more time focus on how he is going to say at. >> he will have a very steady to very good performance but president is more of a question. >> it is very important for obama not to sit back and act disengage and demure to mitt romney. >> democrats hinted that you will see the president go after romney. >> to the extent that he is the etch-a-sketch guy, president obama will sho how that i inconsistent with how he has been afforded -- been before. >> on the other hand, they have to make that connection and show empathy with voters tonight. >> today is our last day to register to vote in the election. you can print out a form and mail it in or go to the board of election headquarters. you can also register online. all applications must be turned in by 9:00 p.m. tonight. each county in the baltimore area has at least one location for early voting. there are 5 in baltimore city. if you choose to vote early, you can cast a ballot at any s
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Oct 3, 2012 2:00am PDT
ready for the big contest. mitt romney in colorado we saw him briefly with senator rob portman his sparring partner for a quick break. president obama is still in nevada running through his own preparations with massachusetts senator john kerry his sparring partner they will head to colorado soon enough, though. both of them are in essence cramming for the big test tonight. number twos were duking it out on the trail and that got some unexpected attention yesterday vice vice presidemitt romney cae by the middle class. >> this is deadly earns, deadly earns. how they can justify how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class is buried the last four years. how in the lord's name can they justify? >> vice president biden just today said the middle class over the last four years have been quote buried. we agree. stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >>> and that exchange right there may be a pretty good preview of what we are going to hear tonight from the presidential candidates this is a debate that will focus entirely on domestic issues
Oct 21, 2012 9:00am EDT
the press. david will be joined by rob portman and marco rubio, and david actixlerod. >> tomorrow the candidates will likely discuss u.s. relations with iran. the white house denies a report for an agreement on the first ever talks. the u.s. and iran agreed in principal to negotiate, but they insist the talks will be after the election. but the national social security council says it's not true. >> closer to home, marylander will decide on two controversial ballot questions in the upcoming election. one will allow ga marriage, the other allow gambling initiatives. dx arcy sp-- >>> at a forum on question six held in friendship heights, those for and against the issue explain their view. kathleen dumay is for the civil protection act. >> you have to be married to be granded over 1100 rights under federal law. >> on the other side of the debate, derek mccoy pointed out that similar measures have failed in dozens of states. >> we believe that we can love our ga and lesbian friends, family, colleagues, we understand that, but we don't think we need to redefine marriage and that word s
Oct 15, 2012 5:00pm PDT
, paul ryan or rob portman. that's how much time they have been spending together. the other thing mitt romney has been doing, they have been preparing for a more aggressive president obama. you heard rob portman on one of the sunday talk shows saying they expect the president to come out swinging. the obama campaign earlier this afternoon came out with a new web video that essentially accuses mitt romney of being his own october surprise, saying that he's been changing his position on a whole host of issues to appear more moderate. so i think the romney campaign is taking all of that into consideration and then there's also this issue, and i think candy can talk to this, about whether or not there will be follow-up questions to the questions that are posed by audience members at the town hall debate tomorrow night. i talked to a senior romney advisor about this, and they said that while this has come up as an issue, they say they are ready for whatever comes, no matter who asks the question, anderson. >> candy, what about that? in terms of what you're expecting, one of the president's
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Oct 16, 2012 3:00pm PDT
debate. joining me now, ohio senator rob portman who has played the role of president obama in debate preparations. senator, thank you for being here. >> great to be on with you again. >> bret: first, talk about the debate preparations. your assessment how they have been going. and what specifically have you been working on? >> they have gone well. governor romney is a good listener and takes it seriously, as we saw in the first debate. it's all about him being mitt. he is alone on the stage and it doesn't matter how many preparation or advisors to give you suggestions it's you and the other candidate. what he did in the first debate was tim approximately. he was himself. in terms of the personality and passion to make america better. the policy proposals, he was able to lay them out without having a media filter or tv ad run by the other side to explain his proposal. he was able to do it on his own. american people saw that and reacted well. >> bret: we talked after the first debate. you were surprised about the president's performance, lackluster in energy, perhaps. so playing presi
Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
ohio. i'm talking about senator rob portman, of course. our jim acosta has called him the debate whisperer. is he the key to romney doing well there? >> well, i think rob portman is a key for any republican doing well because, you know, rob is -- he is the most knowledgeable calming force. he knows how to communicate things extremely well and efficiently without calling names, without being name-calling or without being too bitter. rob portman is very well respected. he's relatively unknown, but what rob did to win the state by just huge numbers for the state of ohio when he ran for u.s. senate was he got out and touched and felt people. he listened. rob is an excellent listener, and i think the candidate going forward that listens to the voters of ohio is the one that's going to end up on top. >> let's look back to 2008 and the election. barack obama won the big counties with the big cities. he won the state by what, just four points, but how can mitt romney turn that around this time? >> well, i mean, i think you make a good point. there's two ohios. there's -- there's five or
Oct 6, 2012 8:00am EDT
and in the second debate, that moment you talked about a few moments ago, rob portman filling in for al gore prepared george w. bush for this. >> that's what the question in this campaign is about. it's not only what your philosophy and what's your position on issues, but can you get things done, and i believe i can. >> all right. >> what about the norwood bill? >> a priceless moment there from george w. bush. went or very narrowly, built a little bit of a lead and kept it until the very end and more recently in 2004, george w. bush running for re-election. again, a very competitive close race with john kerry for a long time. after the first debate george w. bush came down, a lot of people said that he was shaky in that debate, didn't answer a question about the iraq war very well and stabilized the race a little bit and in the end, in the final debate, look at this, almost tied coming in, bush starts to pull away with a strong last debate performance where he made a connection on faith. >> it's very personal. i pray for strength, i pray for which is dornlgs i pray for our troops in harp's w
Oct 3, 2012 7:30pm PDT
preparation sessions. >> that's right. senator rob portman from ohio is with me. have you been prepping mitt romney for the past several weeks. what is your assessment of the night? did the preparation pay off? >> jim, a terrific night for mitt romney. for the undecided voter in ohio, they were looking for two things, one, a discussion about the record of the last four years, and why we can't afford it for the next four. and most importantly, talked about his own policies and set the record straight on some of the misleading ads that the obama campaign has put out about his tax plan, budget plan, health care plan, so on. he did exactly what he had to do for undecided voters, really pleased with his performance. >> what about the line from the president that mitt romney has not offered enough specifics? and if the specifics were so great, he would be revealing them? do you think the governor has to start revealing specifics, at least to the next debate? >> criticizing for knowing too many specifics, including sometimes by president obama and his campaign, with his 56-point plan. he has the pl
Oct 14, 2012 10:00am EDT
and there may not take place. >> quickly on the ohio. you are in higher. center rob portman is an ohio. that is the swing state that he seems to have struggled in the most. why? >> we are a states. we are the seventh largest state. 11.5 million people. we have a big city, small towns, automobile industry. we have the whole gamut. we are a cross-section of the country. our country is split politically, red blue. that is the way it is. the history is he cannot get to the white house if you do not when our state. we are a composite of the country. i think the energy issue will play big. i really do. people in south east ohio archetypical swing area. it to be difficult for people to vote. the animosity this and the lustration has shown and their infatuation they have had with anything grain, as evidenced by the loan guarantee program for more information comes out each day about this is a solyndra program. this is where taxpayer money was spent on 26 companies. 22 had a credit rating of double b minus. that is a fancy way of saying junk status. it was ok to give them your tax dollars. thre
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Oct 14, 2012 12:30pm PDT
practice debating stand-ins. for obama, john kerry's plays romney. rob portman plays obama. >> you never see videotape of this, not even pictures. >> no. there's a reason why. you don't want to show those vulnerable moments. >> we don't want to give away any component to our prep. >> in the 2000 campaign, one of mckinnon's secretaries gave prep video to the gore campaign. >> gore campaign went straight to the fbi. >> what happened to her? >> she went to prison for a year. >> what's so secret? i pretended to be a candidate. limited government -- >> just limited government. what kind of limits are you talking about? can you be specific. >> yes, i can list cuts. >> would you cut defense? >> so you're soft on defense? >> i knew how i should answer the questions, but under pressure it's hard. i'm saying take it back to the clinton days. "instinct is to answer the questions that are asked, but consultants day don't. >> you're still answering my questions, but most of the time you want to be delivering your message. >> they say sarah palin was good at that. >> governor palin answered the questi
Oct 28, 2012 6:00pm PDT
belt where the auto bailout made a difference. it is so much of a problem for romney there that rob portman on thursday, introducing romney in defiance, ohio, to a huge crowd, said, "we have got to talk about this auto bailout thing tonight." they are still trying to explain it. >> can romney win without ohio? >> yes, but it is a tough one to reach. if obamacare is ohio, he will carry it was gone -- if obama carries ohio, he will carry wisconsin and it will be a difficult reached for romney. >> a virginia? >> virginia will still probably end up in obama's camp. >> i just look at the polls when we started the program. romney is up by one point or two. >> you can pick your polling and in virginia, because another shows that obama is up in virginia. but he has been running strong in virginia, and with the heavy onslaught by romney, it still shows the northern virginia area, which will be very important, but much supports barack obama. >> new hampshire could be in play. >> new hampshire traditionally was a republican state did it only became a presidentially democratic relatively recent
Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney practicing with ohio senator rob portman looks like he's been getting a workout. the president sparring with john kerry, even chose a key suburb in nevada, a battleground state, for his practice session. neither candidate is known as a great debater. aides say the president doesn't like to talk in sound bites, and can be patronizing. >> you're likeable enough, hillary. >> thank you. >> reporter: romney, say advisers, can come off as out of touch with average voters. >> rick, i'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet? >> reporter: in the 52 years since the debates were first televised the first rule is appearances count. nixon should have shaved. al bush shouldn't have sighed. and the camera never blinks. challengers can benefit just by being on the stage with an incumbent president. >> are you better off than you were four years ago? >> reporter: it helps to have a well rehearsed one-liner. >> governor, there you go again. >> reporter: most memorably, lloyd bentsen's takedown of dan quayle in 1988. >> jack kennedy was a friend of m
Oct 4, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, when top supporters and donors were in romney's hotel after the debate for dinner, senator rob portman came by. he was met by applause. as one told us, portman played a better president obama than the president did himself. >> peter alexander traveling with the romney campaign. back over to chuck todd. chuck, same question to you having seen that bizarre development of people in the crowd at an obama rally wondering what was going on last night. >> reporter: yeah, that was unbelievable. it's safe to say the swagger and overconfidence is gone and i would call it anxiety for them today. this is the way the obama campaign tried to react. number one, they put out the first tv ad calling mitt romney dishonest. david plouffe, the senior strategist for the campaign and, of course, inside the white house, used the word "dishonest" or not being honest nearly a dozen times when briefing reporters this afternoon. so they're trying to put the focus on mitt romney and saying hey, he gave a great performance, but wasn't exactly honest. we'll see. it was rally therapy out here though, brian. he did h
Oct 19, 2012 4:00am PDT
advisor david axlerod and republican senators rob portman and marco rubio. >>> and now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports, and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac --
Oct 16, 2012 4:00am PDT
partner, senator rob portman, is optimistic. >> how did it go, senator? >> great. >> it's a different experience when you have citizens asking you questions rather than professional journalists. >> reporter: there was the 2008 debate, where senator john mccain wandered aimlessly around the stage. or in 2000, when al gore walked up to george bush, or in when the first president bush, checked his watch. >> the debate gets under way at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> while some voters might be waiting until tonight's debates to make up her mind, here's someone who has already decided. michelle obama put her absentee ballot in at illinois. and urged supporters to vote early. president obama will vote in person, in chicago on october 25th. >>> the growing political storm over security in libya is almost certain to come up in tonight's debate. overnight, secretary of state hillary clinton says she takes full responsibility for any security lapses that led to the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate. however, republican lawmakers say the safety of americans working overseas rests squarely wit
Oct 1, 2012 11:00pm PDT
, and playing to the role for him will be ohio senator rob portman. in the newsroom, i'm grace lee, cbs 5. >> and, of course, cbs 5 will have special live coverage of the presidential debate beginning at 6 p.m. on wednesday. >>> constant thumping, all the windows rattling. >> but the police didn't want to hear about it. why people in one bay area city were told, stop calling 911! >>> and new rules that make it tougher for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids, or do they? the surprising loophole thrown in at the last minute. one of the world's hottest clothing stores gets ready to make its west coast debut here in the bay area. why it's a fashionista's dream come true. ,,,, [ male announcer ] citibank's app for ipad makes it easy for anne to manage her finances when she's on the go. even when she's not going anywhere. citibank for ipad. easier banking. standard at citibank. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing a look twice. introducing a stunning work of technology -- the entirely new lexus es. and the first-ever es hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection. most
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